Business: Danger: Pension Perils Ahead

Changing demographics, and high inflation, spell trouble for the funds A pension bomb threatens the U.S. economy. Its fuse may now seem comfortably long, but it is indisputably burning. The toughest issue in the negotiations for a new contract between General Motors and the auto workers was not demands for more pay for the U.A.W.'s 460,000 workers on GM's pay roll, but for increased benefits for its fast-growing legion of retired employees. A big reason why policymakers in Washington are agonizing heavily over Chrysler's petition for federal help is the stark fact...

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